Loose Lips

Day of Reckoning Comes For Tommy Wells

Woo boy, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells sure seems to have have pissed off some of his colleagues. And now he's paying for it.

Greater Greater Washington wins the morning with the news that Wells is being stripped of his beloved transportation and public works committee and is being given the lump of coal known as the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who previously had the parks committee, is moving up to government operations committee. That committee belonged to Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who is taking over transpo and public works.

GGW says Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown is punishing Wells for his investigation of Brown's love of luxury Lincoln Navigators. That's probably true in some part, but there's more too it. Wells also screwed Brown by cobbling together a 7-6 vote blocking Brown's buy-back plan on a municipal bond tax. And the fact that Wells appeared to have won in the recent redistricting battle also rubbed some of his colleagues the wrong way.

Also, it's no secret that Wells has ambitions, which Brown does too. So, game on?

Comments

  1. #1

    Kelvin!

  2. #2

    Those poor kids over at Greater Greater Wells must be besides themselves.

  3. What the flocka?
    #3

    Be careful of what you ask for Tommy, because you just might get it. Should I say be careful of what you for Tommy, because you're getting it in spades.

  4. #4

    Good, from the what I heard about his discriminatory actions on H St NE, he doesn't deserve to be chair of any committee in DC, maybe in Alabama, but not in a diverse city. Check-out this press release that was email to where I work:

    FOIA Reveals Councilman Tommy Wells’ Ethics Violations

    Washington, DC (May 23, 2010) – While chairing DC City Council hearings on questionable government practices by elected officials, Councilman Wells’ breach of the Council’s code of ethics was being exposed via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request obtained from DC Department of Transportation (DDOT).

    Wells earmarked and lobbied for H Street Cooperative to be handed $428,000 in non-competitive grants during his first term as the Ward 6 councilman. Jennifer (Jen) DeMayo, a co-founder of H Street Cooperative, grant signee and a direct beneficiary, was a member of Wells’ 2010 re-election committee, according to Wells’ official blog.

    The other founders of the non-profit cooperative include another Atlas Theater employee, Patrick Stewart, and entrepreneur Joe Englert, who, according to the, Washington Business Journal owns eight after-hours establishments in Wells’ ward on the H Street NE corridor.

    The FOIA disclosed that H Street Cooperative was incorporated as a non-profit only four months prior to receiving its first $190,600 of multi-year grants from DDOT via Wells. DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ (DCRA) records indicate that H Street Cooperative never filed any of the required business reports and was “Not in Good Standing” with the District of Columbia when awarded the grants.

    The Office of Campaign and Finance records show Englert made numerous contributions, via his businesses, to Wells’ 2010 re-election campaign. Re-election events for Wells were also held by Englert, who was recently quoted in The Washington Business Journal proclaiming, “We would be broke if it wasn’t for Councilmember Wells”. However, H Street, NE retail business owner Kendrick doesn’t share the same sentiments as Englert. Newman is upset and stated, “Nothing was in place to assist my landlord who lost his property in DC’s tax sale and now the new owner has asked me to leave. Now, everything dear to me is being taken away.”

    While most of the businesses on the H Street NE, corridor were being suffocated by more than four years of government sponsored streetscape and streetcar construction, Wells approbated a small group of White entrepreneurs, via the H Street Cooperative, with the privilege to set terms for which businesses’ financial losses were to be assuaged by DC taxpayers.

    The H Street Cooperative used the funds for procurement of a shuttle bus that provided free chauffeured rides to patrons of theirs and a few other after-hours establishments. It operated from 5:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m., thereby excluding more than 80 percent of the businesses, which operate during the day while construction is active and are mostly owned by minorities. The subsidized shuttle also served as a free government sponsored, marketing tool that monthly chauffeured 6,000 riders to their bars, restaurants and clubs.

    DeMayo confirmed that H Street Cooperative was used as a redlining subterfuge. Taxpayers’ dollars were diverted to shore-up the financial interest of an exclusive group of H Street, NE businesses with the only government funded construction relief. DeMayo wrote a commentary on Frozentropics, a blog for the H Street NE nightlife, and professed that, “So while yes it appears that the shuttle is there for people who won’t take the bus it is really for these new businesses. People who have invested time, money, passion and energy into this neighborhood.”

    Jerry, a clothier on H Street NE, is appalled by the lamentable fact that his business was excluded from the government sponsored construction relief and said, “My business suffered more during the construction than during the crack epidemic in the 80s.”

    If a fair process was engaged allowing established non-profits to have competed for the grants, rather than earmarks, Wells would have avoided the perception of extending favors for political gain and redlining practices. Then conceivably, an equitable relief policy would have been enacted that didn’t discriminate against and adversely harmed majority of the businesses that were also impacted by more than four years of incapacitating construction on H Street, NE. Furthermore, the 29 establishments that went under during the construction and 59 commercial buildings—one third of the H Street NE, corridor’s properties—that were listed in DC’s tax sales in 2009 and 2010 might have had a different fate.
    # # #
    Note to Editor:
    Listed below are the sources and exact locations for quotes and references cited in the press release:
    1. DC City Council Code of Ethics - http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/ethics
    2. Wells’ official blog – See second paragraph, last sentence that lists Jen DeMayo as a member of Councilman Wells’ 2010 re-election committee. (http://www.tommywells2010.com/2010/03/tommy-kicks-off.php)
    3. H Street Cooperative – See attachment for the “Not in Good Standing” certification from DCRA
    4. Washington Business Journal – See the last paragraph that states the number of H Street businesses Joe Englert owns. Also, see the next to the last paragraph for Englert’s quote: “If we didn’t have Tommy Wells down here, we’d be broke.” (http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/09/06/story3.html)
    5. 6,000 riders – Ridership numbers provided by DCList; see second paragraph, fifth sentence. (http://dcist.com/2010/12/h_street_shuttle_service_to_cease_o.php)
    6. Frozentropics - See posting #33 by Jen DeMayo confirming that the shuttle was funded to support only the new businesses on H St., N.E. (http://frozentropics.blogspot.com/2009/12/bad-news-on-shuttle.html)
    7. H Street Cooperative’s grant agreement and incorporation papers are available via the contact person listed above.

  5. #5

    "The Navigator investigation was shortsighted on Wells's part"

    you're right, there should be no oversight of government in the future. let people like kwame satisfy his need to feel like a "big man" by getting a "big car" on the government dime to make up for some shortcoming elsewhere in his life.

    god forbid that kind of stuff should be exposed to the light of day.

    you're so right! good on kwame! men like him should not be questioned!

  6. #6

    If there was any doubt about whether reopening Klingle Road to motor vehicles was dead (and the issue never seems to die), Klingle is truly dead now with Cheh in change of the Transportation Committee.

  7. #7

    Business as unusual in the District Building and that 's all folks.

  8. #8

    Aha in my Nelson Muntz (The Simpsons) voice

    Justice was served yesterday to ole Tommy Boy. Now go sit in the corner.

    Good job KB....good job!

  9. #9

    Puh-leeze. Fully Loaded can take this little victory and turn his attention back to the USAO investigation now...best of luck, little fella!

  10. #10

    Thanks Alan. I wouldn't have known the "other" details here.

  11. #11

    Would love to see the IP address logs for these comments, to see if the "Good article" poster came from within Council Chair Brown's office. Shortsighted? I can't believe Brown hasn't been removed from office yet, for leasing not ONE, but TWO, SUVs in clear violation of city law when the first one wasn't to his liking. Brown's day of reckoning is coming, to be clear.

  12. #12

    THis city is devolving into Atlanta or other big-city style racial politics. White politicians in the city have long cowtowed to their black brethren, and now that they're saying "enough is enough" and calling out the corruption (except for Graham of course, since he's just as corrupt), the black politicians are going nuclear. It's not going to end well. Kwame stinks, but the black populace will vote for him because of his skin color. Tommy ain't great, but he has a certain amount of vision and isn't corrupt. That's exactly why he could never be mayor. This city is built on curruption, and it is accepted by the people as playing the game and getting yours.

  13. #13

    Okay, Tommy get your instigators together and assemble at Lincoln Park and talk about your strategy. It's going to be a long and hot summer, considering this being done right before summer recess for the council.

    Watchout liquor stores there's going to be run on wines, beer and spirits, just put it on Tommy's tab I bet it's pretty extensive. LMAO.

    I believe of all the things that were mentioned in the article that the redistricting issue was the one that pissed everyone off. I am telling you with Yvette letting Eastern High School remain in Ward 6, just put her closer to being a regular Joe-ette this upcoming election year.

  14. Native American JD
    #14

    Recall Brown.

  15. #15

    The Navigator investigation was shortsighted on Wells's part, but the real reason for the demotion--as LL points out--is Wells efforts to undermine KBrown on the redistricting and muni bond votes. I say good for KBrown, finally flexing some muscle.

    Ladies and gentlemen! The voice of Old Skool DC has spoken. Shame on Wells for investigating the SUV mess. Shame on him for speaking up for his constituents on the redistricting. Good for Brown for his corruption and tantrum.

    This is why DC was in the toilet for so long.

  16. #16

    Kwame was absolutely right. Now, this is how you fight back!!

  17. #17

    DCNative, you wrote a book. Why such a long statement on a blog? No one is going to take the time to read what you wrote.

  18. #18

    This is my second attempt to post this comment, my first attempt is still waiting in moderation! Ok, a press release came across my desk at work (with the FOIA'd documents attached to substantiate the claims) that revealed Tommy Wells unethical and discriminatory practices on H St NE.

    During the 3+ years of construction on H St for the streetcar, Tommy Wells gave Joe Englert almost 500K to help his businesses and a few of his friends businesses on H St. It's been reported in City Paper, that Englert owns about 7 or 8 bars, restaurants and clubs just on H St.

    Englert received the taxpayers' subsidies (in 2008., 09 & 10) via his fake non-profit-- H St Cooperative-- which he and two Atlas Theater employees founded just 3 months prior to receiving Wells' earmarks. The press release also report that one of the founders was a member of Wells' 2010 re-election committee and their so-called non-profit, H St Coop, was not in good standing with the District.

    I live in the neighborhood and knew something was not copacetic when the minority businesses that have been on H St for decades were failing, while the newbies were flourishing under a chaotic situation.

    The new, gentrifying businesses on H were benefiting from hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars to sustain their businesses, while Tommy Wells left the long-established, minority businesses to be ravished by the construction on H St.

    Councilman Tommy Wells, I guess you learn this ain't no got damn Alabama, boo!

  19. #19

    Yes, in all likelihood, this is retribution. Kwame just ought not gloat because he does not have the stones to carry this all the way through. Even if he did, the possibility exists that he may not be in office long enough.

    The Navigator business was politically embarrassing and should not be forgotten, but the USAO investigation could result in an indictment. As they say "FOLLOW THE MONEY."

    During the break, Kwame will be too busy covering his ass on the USAO investigation to really develop a game plan to retaliate against anyone. Just remember, we are talking about his 2008 campaign. They just ought to start looking at his 2010 campaign -- which could reveal more possibly indictable conduct. You know a leopard does not change its spots.

    You folks that continue to reduce this down to a racial thing are wrong. I have never voted for Kwame and never will -- except to recall him. There are plenty of citizens (of every stripe) who are disgusted with the corruption that is so pervasive in the Wilson building.

  20. #20

    @RT,

    The reason you hear so much about the black politicians and not the white ones, is because "mainstream media" and sadly-- the City Paper can now be included in this category-- doesn't report it or they merely brush over the White politicians' dirt and corruption. If you want the unabashed, non-bias low-down on all of DC politicians, follow WUST radio and some of the city's independent reporters, such as Pete Tucker. These sources are not indebted to neither advertisers nor their employer's agenda, and therefore they are exposing everyone's dirt, regardless of their skin color or motives.

  21. #21

    @ Wendy Washington,

    It's not a racial thing, but a reality and, from what I read via the press release and FOIA'd documents, this man doesn't deserve to be the chairman of any committee that has a diverse population. I also watched a here about a month ago, where Tommy Wells wanted to spend over $1 mil to green twelve alleys in DC, while cutting about 30 DPW guys from the workforce. During the hearing Wells exhibited no compassion or remorse for his decision to terminate these guys so he could use the money to green 12 alleys.

    With Wells, it is definitely a race thing, and his actions prove it.

  22. #22

    At what point do we accept that there's a ethics and accountability problem with Council and start encouraging/supporting challengers for the 2012 and 2014 elections? Many of the comments (rightfully so) have identified the issues; now that the problems have been well defined, let's take action to replace Councilmembers who have violated the public trust and behaved as poor stewards of taxpayer dollars.

  23. #23

    RT James (comment #23)

    "Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain." -Henry Ford

    "Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break the big plan into small steps and take the first step right away." -Indira Gandhi

  24. #24

    @Southeast Ken,

    That was a cut and paste job from a press release my employer received. Sorry, I did summarize the press release (see above). Hopefully you, and others, will read it :-) !

  25. #25

    Wells got what he deserved. Or, well, got what he should have expected to receive. More than the navigator issue I believe it was more about the redistricting fiasco. I am sure Brown was getting plenty pressure from his council collegues to serve Wells a dose of humble pie.

    Besides that, I am sure there were other councilperson lobbying for the beloved transportation and public works committe chairmanship.

    Question is, whose to take over Government Operations when Muriel Bowser looses the Ward 4 election?

  26. #26

    well, at least our libraries & parks will be nicer now.

  27. #27

    "Snitches get stitches" translated to the world of the DC Council, in other words.

    It's going to be really satisfying when the judge bangs the gavel in the sentencing portion of Kwame Brown's trial.

  28. #28

    LOL@DCNative; just messing with you.

    @DCDem, how is Ward 4 DC Counilmember doing in Ward 4 in the minds of Ward 4 voters? It's my understanding power house Ethel Delaney Lee up in North Portal Estates in Ward 4 is supporting Bowser. Bowser seem to be low key on the DC Council. I haven't heard her linked to an scandals. I wonder, will former Dictator King Adrian Malik Fenty will come out of hiding in Ward 4 to support Muriel Bowser?

    My Ward 7 DC Councilmember Miss Pigs Feet Alexander needs to go in a hurry.

  29. #29

    Ok. I will repeat my often stated mantra. Don't hate the players...hate the game. This is good old fashioned, mom's apple pie, Fourth of July, American politics. TW had the stones to go head up with the Chairman of the Council. Being a royal pain in the azz for ol' KB! Good for him!!! But you just climbed off the turnip truck if you think the the Chairman was going to let this go unchecked. He could not afford to. The USAO stuff aside, KB needs to send a "don't fvck with me" message to his colleagues. Otherwise, he looks weak and they will steamroll him. American politics...baby!

  30. #30

    You're right about KB sending the message of don't mess with me. It's going to be very interesting to see how this will play out in the long run.

    I am just interested in how the TW crew will fight this during the summer recess, we can't endure a spike lee movie version of "Do the right thing" protesting.

    What was Washpo hot topic this past week 'if Caylee was black,would we hear about her? Well, if this was about Marion Barry losing a committee, would we care?

  31. #31

    DCDEMS...YOU ARE SO RIGHT BECAUSE BOWSER IS OUT IN APRIL! ALSO IF SHE CAN'T RUN AND PROVIDE FOR HER OWN WARD THEN WHAT CAN SHE DO FOR GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS??? NOTHING!

  32. #32

    DC Native-thanks for that informative press release about Wells and H Street. Very telling. Now that Cheh's going to run the Transportation committee, maybe we can finally get someone to take an honest look at all these unregistered 50CC motor scooters that are illegally clogging up the streets and sidewalks of DC. Universal motor vehicle registration would be a financial boon for the city.

    Graham wouldn't consider such a bill because Ward 1 may as well be known as "scofflaw-ville", and Wells wasn't there to actually make a difference in anything other than hooking up the bicycle people.

  33. #33

    I see the rules for ya'll and the rules for us crowd are on in full effect on the board.

    So it's ok for Tommy to "earmark" and "campaign bundle" and show support for the GGW folks, because the ends justify the means.

    In fact Tommy seems to have the silent support of papers like this who like to call out certin councilmembers who seem to share a certain hue. Oh I forgot that Jimmy "Teddy" Grahams has been thrown in as a poor example of media fairness.

  34. #34

    @RT, It's not going to end well. Kwame stinks, but the black populace will vote for him because of his skin color. Tommy ain't great, but he has a certain amount of vision and isn't corrupt. That's exactly why he could never be mayor

    Right, and the reason GGW and the rest of the community supports Wells is because he's white right? You know, following your logic one could easily assume such.

    If reports are true, Wells played the game and got..got. We'll see how the efforts of his disciples pan out.

  35. #35

    A lot of you can give up thinking that Bowser will lose Ward 4 election. She quiet, scandal free, and smart. She's already been hosting meet/greet throughout the old guard Ward 4 and the newer Ward 4 residents. Development is occuring throughout Ward 4...and if she can break ground on the new Safeway on Georgia/Randolph -- she will win handily!

  36. #36

    Seems like Kwame Brown still isn't taking full responsibility for the SUV incident. He's an embarrassment to DC government, a throw-back to the 1980's. If those who expose curruption are punished, there's less and less incentive to expose curruption.

  37. #37

    I've watched the hearings and I don't understand the love for Wells on the transportation cmte. As far as payback goes, forget SUVs. Wells conduct during the redistricting debate probably sunk him. Conceding nothing and saying Evans was motivated by race. Bowser on the operations cmte is more interesting to me. Does she take over the hiring hearings? Does she start new probes?

  38. #38

    You know I will say this much for the "recall crowd" they ain't holding no punches. Don't get there way and they started going for the juggler. I wonder if we folks who gave the last administration a chance should have used the same energy and process.

    @maggie....really? So now we cut and pasting Marion Barry answers. Were you even here in the 80's? He said he was sorry what more do you want? Tell me Maggie how do you feel about Tommy using "earmarks" or giving direct funds to god-children who oversee certain non-profits?

    Is that a throwback?

  39. #39

    Wells overexposed himself during the redistricting debate. He created enemies on the council who, I'm sure, lobbied to have him removed from the coveted Transportation Committee.

    This has very little to do with the SUV distraction.

    Of note is Vincent Orange being appointed to the Small Business Development Committee. This is a great move. If nothing else, Vincent Orange is deeply committeed to the local and small business community of the city. We can expect great things to come from this appointment. That Orange got a committee at all says to me that Kwame is not all about comeuppence.

  40. #40

    @ Maggie, didn't you read the press release I posted? Not only did Wells violate the oath of office he took as a councilman, he also violated the council's code of ethics. I can only assume that he will probably cost this city millions if the H St minority businesses file a discrimination lawsuit against the city.

    I know I would in a heartbeat. I would not let Wells or any other hick politician discriminate against my business and get away with it.

  41. #41

    The comments here just go to show just how racial allegiances play into things. It's always been the case, but never more so than now.

  42. #42

    @Really?: He said he was sorry what more do you want?

    What we want is for Kwame to pay back the city for the illegal leases, LIKE HE SAID HE WOULD.

    THAT's taking full responsibility.

    Unfortunately, Kwame won't reimburse the city, because we all know Fully Loaded doesn't pay his bills.

  43. #43

    DcNative DROPPED A NICE LIL’ DIDDIE REGARDING WELLS AND HOW HE CONDUCTED HIMSELF OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. THE OBSERVATIONS DcNative MADE AND WELLS BEING FROM TEXAS, GOING TO SCHOOL IN ALABAMA AND MINNESOTA IS NOT A GOOD LOOK WHEN YOU ARE SYSTEMATICALLY SHUTTING OUT AND SHUTTING DOWN BLACK BUSINESSES THAT WHITE FOLK FEEL ARE EYESORES AND NOT SERVING THEIR NEEDS.

    WOULD BE CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT JOURNALIST IS REALLY GOING TO CONNECT THE DOTS AND CREATE A TIME LINE TO PEN A STORY THAT WOULD HAVE FOLKS REALLY LOOKING INTO THOSE 'ALLEGEDLY' ETHICAL VIOLATIONS DcNative WAS MAKING?

    OF ALL THE 'ALLEGEDLY' ETHICIAL VIOLATIONS DcNative CLAIMS THE FOLLOWING IS ONE THAT REALLY CONCERNS ME AS A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN; “The Office of Campaign and Finance records show Englert made numerous contributions, via his businesses, to Wells’ 2010 re-election campaign. Re-election events for Wells were also held by Englert, who was recently quoted in The Washington Business Journal proclaiming, “We would be broke if it wasn’t for Councilmember Wells”. However, H Street, NE retail business owner Kendrick doesn’t share the same sentiments as Englert. Newman is upset and stated, “Nothing was in place to assist my landlord who lost his property in DC’s tax sale and now the new owner has asked me to leave. Now, everything dear to me is being taken away.””

    NOT ONLY REDLINING CAN BE CLAIMED BUT SOME SORT OF BLOCKBUSTING AS WELL! MAYOR GRAY SHOULD HAVE NIXED STREETCAR DEAL LIKE HE WAS GOING TO!

    LOOK IM NOT PRIVY TO THE INNER WORKINGS OF HOW AND WHY THINGS HAPPEN WITH REGARD TO BUSINESSES IN THE DISTRICT REGARDING THE HELP THEY CAN AND/OR SHOULD RECEIVE AND THE RELATIONSHIP THOSE BUSINESSES HAVE WITH COUNCILMEMBERS. HOWEVER ONE WOULD THINK THAT COUNCILMEMBERS WOULD TRY TO HELP ANYONE WITHIN THEIR WARD TO MAINTAIN NOT ONLY THEIR OWN PERSONAL STATUS BUT THE ESTABLISHED BUSINESS’ STATUS QUO.

    IT SEEMS LIKE WELLS ONLY HELPED THOSE THAT HE CHOSE TO HELP AND NOT EVERYONE HE SHOULD HAVE HELPED. PLEASE DON’T TELL ME THAT EVERYONE ON THE H ST COOPERATIVE IS WHITE? TO PUT FOLKS IN CHARGE OF ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED AND DIVIDED SOME WHAT EQUALLY TO ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY THAT BULLSHIT ASS STREETCAR DEBACLE TO ME WAS NOT ONLY UNETHICAL BUT NEGLIGENT.

    I WAS SOMEWHAT SURPRISED HOW THOSE FEW BLOCKS OF H ST AROUND THE ATLAS SOMEHOW BLOOMED AND BLOSSOMED WHILE OTHERS JUST SAT IN LIMBO AND DECLINED. NOW I KNOW!!! IT IS APPALLING FOR THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS THAT KEPT H STREET AFLOAT SINCE THE RIOTS AND DRUGAGEDDON TO NOT GET THE HELP THEY DESERVE BUT THIS JOKER ENGLERT IS!

    SO BARRY SENT A COUPLE DOLLARS TO THE DICKSUCKER AND GOT THROWN UNDER THE BUS, THOMAS SAID “FUCK IT” AND POCKETED THE MONEY OUT RIGHT AND FOLK (ME INCLUDED) IS CALLING HIS BAMMA ASS OUT, ‘FULLY LOADED’ CANT COUNT AND KEEP TRACK OF MONEY EITHER BY DESIGN OR IGNORANCE AND FOLK GOT HIS WHOLE FAMILY GETTING LOCKED UP, GRAY STARTED TO OVERPAY SOME FOLKS, WHO BARELY GOT THEIR 1ST PAYCHECK, BEFORE HE ACQUIESCED TO SENTIMENT AND REASON AND FOLK ARE STILL TRYING TO RUN HIM OUT OF OFFICE WHEN THE PREVIOUS MAYOR FUCKED UP DAMN NEAR EVERY MONTH HE WAS IN OFFICE. SO WELLS BY ALL ACCOUNTS FUNNELLED DOUGH TO HIS FOLKS LETS SEE IF IT RISES AND HIS ASS GETS BAKED!

  44. #44

    @DJRen What we want is for Kwame to pay back the city for the illegal leases,

    Shouldn't DPW pay the city back as well? Last I checked they approved the "illegal" vehicles.

  45. #45

    Seis4ME, way to be obtuse. Kwame said he would reimburse the city, in order to "take responsibility". He has yet to do so. If little man wasn't serious, he should not have offered to do so, either in private, or in print or on television. Surely we can agree on that.

    DPW is another matter entirely.

  46. #46

    @noodlez said

    1. SO BARRY SENT A COUPLE DOLLARS TO THE DICKSUCKER AND GOT THROWN UNDER THE BUS

    2. THOMAS SAID “FUCK IT” AND POCKETED THE MONEY OUT RIGHT AND FOLK (ME INCLUDED) IS CALLING HIS BAMMA ASS OUT,

    3. FULLY LOADED’ CANT COUNT AND KEEP TRACK OF MONEY EITHER BY DESIGN OR IGNORANCE AND FOLK GOT HIS WHOLE FAMILY GETTING LOCKED UP

    4. GRAY STARTED TO OVERPAY SOME FOLKS, WHO BARELY GOT THEIR 1ST PAYCHECK

    BEFORE HE ACQUIESCED TO SENTIMENT AND REASON AND FOLK ARE STILL TRYING TO RUN HIM OUT OF OFFICE WHEN THE PREVIOUS MAYOR FUCKED UP DAMN NEAR EVERY MONTH HE WAS IN OFFICE.

    SO WELLS BY ALL ACCOUNTS FUNNELLED DOUGH TO HIS FOLKS LETS SEE IF IT RISES AND HIS ASS GETS BAKED!

    Let the Church say AMEN!!!!!

    Nope and you see sorry Mike didn't come back and give a reason as to why they didn't at least put the info about Wells into the updates (note to self see how many ads Joe has with the City Paper). City Paper is fair righttttttt!

    Again for the 99th time...the girl did an interview on WPFW a few weeks ago. I was shocked too and contacted her and she said she sent the info to good ole Allen who writes loose lips and he wrote nothing about.

    I guess some folks of a certain hue get a pass. Also I'm glad you notice that a certain block owned mostly by those who got money from that grant are booming.

  47. #47

    Dj Ren...how do you know he hasn't? Maybe he's on a payment plan.

    How do you feel about Tommy giving money to help his campaign bundler?

  48. #48

    @Really: Payment plan, lol'z. Like the ones on his credit cards he defaulted on? Or his boat? Kwame has admitted that he hasn't paid the city back. Check Sherwood and Debonis' columns. Nice try, though.

    IF what is said about Tommy Wells is true, it's a serious issue, worthy of just as much investigation as HTJ, Vince, and Kwame. Of course, every press release ever written is true, right? Time will tell.

  49. #49

    Hey there are men who are horrible husbands and great dads. The only time I had an issue with Kwame's record as a councilperson was the present vote with ole Petey. He redeemed himself today.

    DJ love the whole if this is true about the press release. So you give the Tommy the benefit of the doubt. You beleive everything Debonis and Tom have to say

    OK!

  50. #50

    Get off Kwame's dick already, Really. Wells being a shady dealer doesn't clean one stain off Fully Loaded's nasty ass.

  51. What the flocka?
    #51

    If 20/20 is hindsight, then I know when TW was walking KB around Ward 6 during the election period, he [TW] never thought this would be such a hot issue at this moment.

    I know this is probably going have the u-hauls in the driveway by the end of the month. Real Estate Agents, start your engines, there's going to be white-flight from Capitol Hill sooner than later. Kelvin Robinson, is there another campaign in you?

  52. #52

    @Really, reading comprehension 101:

    KWAME HAS ADMITTED THAT HE HASN'T PAID THE CITY BACK. Check Sherwood and Debonis' columns.

    - As in, Kwame provided an interview, where he stated that he had not paid the city back. The interview was featured with Debonis and Sherwood.

    - Further, who is giving Tommy the benefit of the doubt? Rather than go on and on about some mysterious press release, and the much alluded to but as of yet unproduced "supporting documentation", I'll wait to see what actually surfaces. Of course that's why I said the following: "it's a serious issue, worthy of just as much investigation as HTJ, Vince, and Kwame"

  53. #53

    Keith B. Really? I have hole you can lick. Fucking up privately and making sure that a group of a certain hue received (in my T.I voice) what ever you like is a stain that has much bigger implications on larger group of people.

    We ain't going to have rules for ya'll and rules for us anymore!

    Tommy ain't no angle and you need to put you big boys pants on and know that shit ain't going to go ya'll way all the time. Go throw a snow ball or something.

  54. #54

    I have done my research and it's all true. Now why don't you go and look the shit up and let's see if you call for Tommy's recall then. Did you even click on the links that dcnative provided?

    So let me get this right your worried about 3k and maybe half million was give to a select few.

  55. #55

    Nice try, BROTHA MAN. Not all of "us" give a shit if the weave joint or the rip off liquor & lotto joints close down. T.I. voice? Please

  56. #56

    I bet no one in the white media will call for further investigation into CM Wells questionable practices. It now seems that CM Wells is being accused of the same things that his black counterparts are accused of--malfeasance. However, just like Catania, Graham, and Evans, CM Wells will get a free pass.

    And, some of you people have the nerve to talk about accountability. Man, it's the same ole' game: "rules for y'all and rules for use."

    Kwame has taken the right step...He is now fighting back. This is usually the response when you get sick and tired of getting your ass whip...KUDOS FOR KWAME!

  57. #57

    DcNative: Who is that press release from? It's dated 2010, is there anything newer than that? I'm sure this stuff's been ongoing.

  58. #58

    correction:"rules for y'all and rules for us."

  59. #59

    @Keith B.-YALL JUST GIVE A SHIT WHEN PART OF WARD 6 WAS TO BE INCORPORATED INTO WARDS EAST OF THE RIVER? OR MAYBE WHEN ONE OF THOSE SWANKY JOINTS THAT GOT FUNDED BY WELLS SHUTTER ITS DOORS SO YOU MYOPIC LIL TWITS CANT DRINK OVERPRICED SWILL? OR WHAT ABOUT STREECAR TO NO WHERE BEING DEFUNDED FOR ALL THOSE SMEDIUM WEARING POLO SHIRT DWEEBS TO HELP THEM OUT OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE?

    MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD OPEN UP A TANNING SALON TO HELP YALL LITE BRIGHTS AT NIGHT SO YOUR FOLKS TO BLEND IN TO DETER THOSE SNATCH AND GRABS FROM HAPPENING. IM SURE WELLS CAN FIND YALL SOME UNETHICAL BREAD BECAUSE I WOULD HATE FOR H ST NE TO BECOME ADAMS MORGAN SOUTH.

    Keith B.= WANKSTA

  60. #60

    @Noodles, yes, the three members of the fake non-profit--H St Coop, are all White and have businesses or work on H ST NE. The incorporation docs for H St Cooperative were attached to the PR.

    @ DJ Ren, I guess you didn't notice the links to verify the press release's claims. And, as Really mentioned earlier, he spoke with the person who was on WPFW and he told him that Alan got a copy of the press release. So why don't you ask Alan about the legitimacy of the press release and attachments? Better yet, I'll ask:

    @ Alan - Did you receive the press release posted about Wells and, if yes, would you consider it and the attachments to be valid, newsworthy, a waste of your time or politricking Wells isn't your favor of the day?

    @ DJ Ren, as I stated, the press release came across my desk with attachments, including: the grant agreement that gave Englert and Co the funds; incorporation docs for H St Coop, and the DCRA's stamped certification verifying that the H St Coop “Was Not In Good Standing” with the District.

    As Noodles stated, Wells’ unethical behavior on H St, NE is tantamount to the same dirty laundry that stripped Barry of his committee, except Barry’s actions didn’t cause any undue harm to taxpaying stakeholders and, the grant amount was minuscule compared to the $500K Tommy Wells funneled to his White supporters.

    @ DJ Ren, face it, the H St minority businesses have been vocal about discrimination at the hands of Wells and they have garnered public support. The council had to take notice—there has been too much bad publicity to be ignored.

  61. #61

    Check out the revised D.C. Council Committee Chairs. Kwame Brown is an idiot. How can this guy chair the committee of the whole, public schools, and economic delvelopment? Lord, help us all. We are all doomed in the District of Columbia, under this idiot's leadership. I just seen Miss Piggy Alexander on Cable 13 sporting a new blond cruly wig clutching her fake white pearls. LOL

    http://dcist.com/2011/07/here_they_are_your_revised_2011_dc.php

  62. #62

    Check out the revised D.C. Council Committee Chairs. Kwame Brown is an idiot. How can this guy chair the committee of the whole, public schools, and economic development? Lord, help us all. We are all doomed in the District of Columbia, under this idiot's leadership. I just seen Miss Piggy Alexander on Cable 13 sporting a new blond curly wig clutching her fake white pearls. LOL

    http://dcist.com/2011/07/here_they_are_your_revised_2011_dc.php

  63. #63

    @Southeast Ken, C'mon on bruh...Give these black folks a break. We all know that they may have issues, but there are more serious things going on in this city.

    I agree with your political take on whats going on, but we have to be very careful not to give ammunition to others who will use it to do more damage that anyone of those black politicians could ever do.

  64. #64

    @ Keith, I'll check my file for additional press releases, but I know the minority businesses on H St have been very vocal and several articles have been written about their plight on H St during the construction for the streetcar.

  65. #65

    @DCNative --

    Are you sure Jerry Goldkind, who's quoted in that press release, isn't white? His father was a Jew from Poland.

    We'll take another look at the information in it, though.

  66. #66

    Game on at the expense of good leadership, and bad judgement. We only have 6 months until a recall effort can be launched. Get my drift, many voters have had with "fully loaded" Brown. His antics seemingly enough are just too nasty for prime time and leave most resident lacking the ability to keep up.
    With the ineffective leadership of Bowser already tried and true then when do we need to prove that Ward 4 is is serious doubt now of moving ahead with economic revitalization?

  67. #67

    Lord help Mike used the ole don't call us...we will call you line.

    But, we now have Allen and the get fresh crew posting two more stories about Tommy "lost 12 to 1" on LL.

    Rules for ya'll and rules for us.

  68. #68

    @ Really? --

    I'm just saying that if the streetcar construction hurt a bunch of businesses owned by Jews who live in the suburbs, it's hard to argue that there's any racial motivation in who's been hurt by it. Which is the point of that press release.

  69. #69

    Wells is a self serving drunk, who funneled money to his peeps? Disgusting, where is the investigation??? Come on Cheh, where are the subpoenas?

  70. #70

    @ Mike, when did Jews stop being considered minority in this country? I can't believe this is your lame response to a valid point that raised questions regarding another councilmember's ethical breech.

    Wells gave TAXPAYERS DOLLARS TO AN ENTREPRENEUR ON H ST--via non-competitive grant-- and City Paper doesn't see it as an issue!

    Are you serious MIKE, you just validated the claim that you people turn the other cheek to indiscretions and ethics violations by White councilmembers.

    @ Mike, answer this basic question: Why are you singling out an individual in the press release and not responding to the unethical charges against Wells and his cohorts?

  71. #71

    Mike...really? You pointed to one Jewish person who last I heard they weren't race. Who are the majority owners on the strip and who the majority who benefited? So your saying because one person who happens to be a “Jewish” was collateral damage in Wells funneling scheme there you can’t believe that there is racial motivation.

    So you don’t see any problem with Joe Elhart campaign bundling and also receiving city grants that help his business?

    And even if you felt that way...why not at least write a post about it. If other councilmembers who are of a certain hue took a green shit there would be at least three posts about it.

  72. #72

    @ Mike, I was sooo pissed when I read your response, I posted my comment before proofing it.

    Ok, here I go again: When did Jews stop being considered minorities in this country? I can't believe this is your lame response to a valid point that raised questions regarding another councilmember's ethical breaches.

    Wells gave TAXPAYERS DOLLARS TO AN ENTREPRENEUR ON H ST--via non-competitive grant-- and City Paper doesn't see it as an issue!

    Are you serious MIKE, you just validated the claim that you people turn the other cheek to indiscretions and ethics violations by White councilmembers.

    @ Mike, answer this basic question: Why are you singling out an individual in the press release and not responding to the unethical charges against Wells and his cohorts?

    Merci beaucoup !

  73. #73

    @Really -- you are hilarious but what you say is true...I'm in stitches right now.

  74. #74

    @DCNative, Really? --

    I don't consider Jews to be a racial minority, no. Jews in this country are mostly white. Most of the press release appears to be arguing that the H Street grants hurt minority-owned businesses, so I do think it's relevant that one of the two businesses quoted in the release complaining about it is white-owned. Especially since you seem to be arguing that race is the reason we decide what to write about. (Originally wrote "only" business, but that's not correct.)

    Like I said, we'll look into the charges. But I do doubt this is the only time the D.C. Council gave a grant to a business, and the business later contributed to the councilmember responsible -- regardless of the race of the people involved.

  75. What the flocka?
    #75

    I got something since Chinatown is losing their representation, maybe those residents can relocate to Ward 6.

  76. #76

    @Mike; I thought Jews were considered white and belong to the 220 million white Americans in the U.S.? Jewish is a religion, not a race. Most Jews in America are Caucasian.

  77. #77

    @ Mike, why DID you assuming that Jerry Goldkind lives in the suburbs? I just read the press release again and it DOES NOT MENTION WHERE GOLDKIND.

    Are you assuming because he is Jewish, he therefore lives in the suburbs, and have your assumptions about minorities businesses on H St caused you to disregard the claims they made regarding Tommy Wells' discriminating against their businesses?

    Mike, you just exposed yourself [and City Paper]with your stereotyping of GOLDKIND and the dismissal of the press release in ref. to H St minority businesses!

  78. #78

    @Mike Madden, I agree with your comment about Jews being white in America. They belong to the white majority population in the United States.

  79. #79

    @Southeast Ken --

    Yes, that's the point I was making, about how Jews aren't a racial minority because they're mostly white.

  80. #80

    @DCNative --

    The story I linked to, which quotes Goldkind, also quotes another Jewish business owner on H Street NE who lives in Takoma Park. But yes, you're right, it doesn't say Goldkind lives in the suburbs. I shouldn't have said "a bunch" of business owners live in the suburbs.

    If you're going to start accusing me of being biased against Jews now, please give me a heads up so I can ask my rabbi what the proper response is.

  81. #81

    Correction: I meant to type, "it doesn't mention where Goldkind "lives".

  82. #82

    @Keith Jarrell; do you think the black Ward 4 voters will vote for another white gay male to be on the Council of the District of Columbia? You are wasting your time running against Muriel Bowser because blacks that don't like her will vote for her, before the put another white gay male on the DC Council.

  83. #83

    Mike, you made the assumption about him living in the suburbs, not I!

  84. #84

    I agree Mike Madden. In my opinion, this is the worse DC Council in history, regardless of race. I am sorry Tony, Kwame Brown is an idiot and Gray is close behind. There have been several homicides and violent crime in DC. Where in the hell have Mayor Gray been? There was a shooting in Baltimore at the Inner Harbor on the 4th of July. Baltimore's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held a press conference with her police commissioner to discuss this senseless violence.

  85. #85

    Charlie Sheen for DC mayor or Council Chair. Charlie couldn't do any worse than these idiots. I would vote for Charlie Sheen over Kwame Brown, Jack Evans, Miss Graham, Miss Catania, Miss Piggy Alexander, Vince Gray, Tommy Wells, Harry Thomas, Jr., Marion Barry, Mary Cheh, Muriel Bowser, Vincent Orange, Phil Mendelson, and Michael Brown.

  86. #86

    Lol@ SE Ken in comment#83.Man I also knew who that was when I read #51.We can do better than Bowser but this fool seriously wants to run for council too??GTFOOH!!

  87. #87

    @ Mike, GOT DAMN! I just re-read the press release and it doesn't mention Jerry's last name!!!

    How do you know the Jerry mentioned in the press release is the Jerry Goldkind you referenced?

    So MIke, you are telling me:

    #1- Instead of trying to validate the claims in the press release, you researched City Paper's archives for a Jerry Goldkind to justify the City Paper’s position to disregard the ethics violations made against Wells via the press release!

    #2 - Your lame rationale about Jerry being a Jew, therefore, the press release is invalid, has just been debunked because you don't know what Jerry the press release is referencing because Jerry's last name is never mentioned in the press release. And, if it is the same Jerry, how does that lessen the unethical charges against Wells?

    #3 - Damn, the commenters are right on point about the City Paper's double standards for black and white politicians.

    #4 - Mike, you gotta come again with a better argument, or put down the pen, cause it ain't looking to good for you sonny boy!

  88. #88

    @Southeast Ken, I really appreciate your point and I truly understand your frustration with the current leadership. But, the reality is, we have to deal with the ball from its last bounce. These are the leaders in this city for good or bad. The question at this point is who will stay and who will go. This is a serious question, because it could directly and indirectly determine the political, social and economic order of this city and its communities. Again, the issue of proper and adequate representation for all must always be the objective and desire of any truly concerned citizen. It's my opinion that black folks, in general, can not be properly represented without proper black representation. And, I honestly believe that any efforts to undermine black leaders in this city will in fact undermine and damage black folks. Thus, I believe that the current political discourse concerning which leaders should remain in power, should not be minimized by the very same people who are more likely to be impacted.

  89. #89

    Mike,your approach to this should be as objective as possible, especially when you are in search of the truthfulness. The frequency of an unethical practice (by Wells or another public official) does not make it ok and acceptable by the residents of the District. Such act belongs in the DC Attorney's office for the sake of the residents of WDC.The fact of the matter is, T Wells actions were deliberate and had adversely affected minority-owned small businesses. And don't tell me that this just happened at random. Many of these businesses owners have experienced all, maybe that is the reason why they call a spade a spade. One will hope that the truth will be honored whatever maybe the price.A rarity in today's society.

  90. #90

    @ DcNative --

    Because I went and found the press release in my email so I could forward it again to some reporters here, and it did mention his last name in the version we have. And when I read it, it sounded familiar, because I remembered him being involved in the story we did on businesses on H Street last year. The press release I have says:

    Jerry Goldkind, a clothier on H Street NE, is appalled by the lamentable fact that his business was excluded from the government sponsored construction relief and said, "My business suffered more during the construction than during the crack epidemic in the 80s."

  91. #91

    But you're right about putting down the pen; you're not going to be convinced no matter what I write. So you get the last word after this if you want it, I'm done.

  92. Wendy Washington
    #92

    noodlez your comment was absolutely on point:

    "I WAS SOMEWHAT SURPRISED HOW THOSE FEW BLOCKS OF H ST AROUND THE ATLAS SOMEHOW BLOOMED AND BLOSSOMED WHILE OTHERS JUST SAT IN LIMBO AND DECLINED. NOW I KNOW!!! IT IS APPALLING FOR THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS THAT KEPT H STREET AFLOAT SINCE THE RIOTS AND DRUGAGEDDON TO NOT GET THE HELP THEY DESERVE BUT THIS JOKER ENGLERT IS!"

    They are bringing the "Atlas District" on around and down Bladensburg Road. That square block where the Sears store once stood is now under construction. I am calling it the Sears Store condo and it is close to completion.

    Then go behind the new Sears Store Condo and construction is going on at the corner of 17th Street & Maryland Avenue. Tip on down to Bladensburg & Mt. Olivet Roads and we see a Denny's going up where the Northeast Ford used car lot once stood.

    I have not patronized Denny's since the '80s when they refused to serve the Black FBI (or was it Secret Service?)agents. I will not change -- I would rather keep on down Bladensburg to the new IHOP by Fort Lincoln. (Yes, I know I have crossed the line, but I would rather go to Maryland than to Denny's.)

    This flurry of activity means the streetcar is coming whether we want it or not. Bottom line is someone is providing incentives for this boost in development. At least help the existing small businesses who weathered the storm.

  93. #93

    itjustamess, how are you? LOL I've spoken to Howard University classmates that live in Ward 4 familiar with Keith Jarrell. It's my understanding, his a messy old white Queen from Kentucky. I don't live in Ward 4, but if I did, I would vote for another white gay male to be on the Council of the District of Columbia. I am not homophobic, but I am sick of seeing racist gay white males with attitudes, thinking they can take over DC and disrespect blacks, as if we are second class citizens. I don't like pigs feet Alexander, but I would vote for her over Keith Jarrell. According to my Ward 4 sources Jarrell keeps shit going on 4D's list serve.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MPD-4D/message/14944

  94. #94

    Correction: I would not vote for another gay white male to be on the Council of the District of Columbia.

  95. #95

    So Mike because you can point to one owner who happens to be jewish then there is no reason to write a post. Aint done no type of research on the race of the other 99.9 owners.I guess it's like that white friend from college who points to his former black college roommate as the reason why blacks can't say that they have experience disenfranchisment because he made it. okkkkk

    The line that the Citypaper has taken since the last election is to report on councilmembers who have questionable practices. In fact ya'll have held Tommy Boy as the golden boy councilmember. Now said golden boy looks like he has done some shady shit and it's not enough to write nothing about.

    Now when the S. Brown story popped off ya'll didn't have a lick of evidance at the time excecpt for crazy shady Sulaimon Brown's word and then ya'll wrote about 99.9 stories in a week about it which was based on his word okkkkkk. So the rules change?

    And just because past councilmembers have engaged in past practices doesn't make it right. I'm sure if you spoke with the owners of Ben's Chilli Bowl they would offer you a whole different perspective on what Wells has engaged in and how it what they experienced adversely affected minority businesses that were on "U" street.

    Point. Blank. Period

    You could have even written about Ole Joe and the campagin bundling and receiving a grant or one of the "H" street cooporatives founders being on his staff while the grant was being given. But to just discount the story based on one Jewish owner shows either your short sightedness or blindness or support to what Wells has done.

    Now as much as I despise the washingtonpost I would give them credit for having diverse writers with various prespectives. Seems like there is an echo in the city paper news room. Makes one start to wonder if there is any diversity when reporting on dc poltics over there and not just talking about hue but economic status.

  96. #96

    "Not all of "us" give a shit if the weave joint or the rip off liquor & lotto joints close down"

    speaks volumes as to how you grew up, got that Fenty "hookup" and kissed a whole lotta azz on your come up!!!

    DJ Ren......

    A payment plan is not UNLIKELY, IRS and DC DMV both encourage em, your reach is quite short, considering how long winded your punk azz is!!

    This will really test the resolve and moral dynamics of the RACE card/divide in this city!

    Let's see if Wells garners the same rabid hate as his TANNED brethren!!!

    Sycophants, uncle toms, appeassists and dumb dumbs........

    Keith B = Keith Lomax

  97. #97

    @southeast ken. bahahahah wouldn't nobody make it to the next round if you had your way. LOL! I love it.

  98. #98

    As a person who knows a little bit about real estate development, I can tell you that the logic behind the streetcar operation should cause some people great concern. The notion behind the street car system is that the new businesses sprouting up along the H. st corridor can't financially survive and/or thrive with the local consumers. Thus, a transportation system is needed to bring in consumers from other parts of the city who have greater disposal income than the locals. This business approach does very little for the residents in that community and very often adversely impacts the small minority businesses who have been there the longest. In fact, such a business plan is designed to cater and favor the new businesses by bring in new consumers that are more likely to support the new establishments. These new establishments often do so well that the effects on the said commercial market are drastic. The cost to lease space is increased. The cost for the goods become too pricey for certain people who once patronized the community. The parking space become very limited and restricted. In general, the overall community eventually feels the impact of the change. And usually, it's the minorities who are the first to bend to the harsh new realities of a place they called home for generations.

  99. #99

    LOL@Really; you are correct. I don't like any of these bums. Did you see my girl pigs feet new blond wig? Watching Kwame Brown on Fox 5 news is disgusing.

    http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/dc-council-shakes-up-committees-071211

  100. #100

    Hey there SE Ken.I'm familar with dude's rants and recognize his style.More telling is when one of his seldom heard from allies posted up here earlier in a distinctly bad writing style that she attempts to disguise.Lol!!!

  101. #101

    LOL@whatamess

  102. #102

    At this point, a summary of many of the comments here appears to be the following:

    Wells picked on my man Kwame, and he beat his ass down! Yay for my man Kwame!

    DC politics = cheap ass alley fight, not a contest of which policies are best for the residents, not a system of reward for upstanding leadership and mature public service, and it's supposed to be a nice long fabulous and untouched catwalk for people to strut their stuff among the fake it 'till you make it crowd.

    Lovely.

  103. #103

    @ MADMIKE – IT IS THE BLACK BUSINESSES THAT RENT ON H ST NE THAT ARE IN QUESTION HERE NOT THE SUBURBAN JEW PROPERTY OWNER! HOWEVER MOST OF THE COMMECRCIAL PROPERTY ON H ST NW WAS OWNED BY JEWS DURING THE 60’S, 70’S, 80’S AND 90’S (DON’T KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT NOW). YOU BEING A JEW AND FROM YOUR POSTS AND COLUMNS I KNOW YOU SUPPORT AND BACK YOUR FOLKS LIKE A GOOD JEW SHOULD. ONE WOULD THINK THAT YOU WOULD HAVE JUMPED ALL OVER THIS SEEING AS YOUR FOLKS WAS SOMEWHAT DISENFRANCHISED AS WELL FROM ALL THIS RIGMAROLL.

    AS LONG AS THE RENT WAS BEING PAID BY THOSE BLACK FOLK WHO HAVE OR HAD ESTABLISHED BUSINESSES ON H ST NE FOR YEARS TO THE JEW OWNERS EVERYTHING WAS OKAY. THERE WAS EVEN SOME BLOW BACK FROM LONG STANDING BUSINESSES AND OWNERS THAT STREETCARS WOULD HURT THEIR ESTABLISHMENT NOT ONLY FROM CONSTRUCTION BUT FROM STREETCAR TAKING AWAY WALKING TRAFFIC THAT A LOT OF THOSE BUSINESSES STRIVES FROM. WHERE DID INITIAL IDEA OF STREET CARS COME FROM KLEIN, WELLS OR ENGLERT?

    THE WELLS/ENGLERT RELATIONSHIP DOESN’T PASS THE EYE TEST. KNOWING THAT D.C. DOESNT POST GOOD TEST SCORES I WOULD THINK THAT WCP WOULD BE LESS LIKE THOSE TEACHERS THAT HAD ERASERS CHANGING SCORES TO FIT THEIR NEEDS INSTEAD OF THOSE THAT THEY AFFECT.

  104. #104

    @SeDCdude, DJ Ren......A payment plan is not UNLIKELY, IRS and DC DMV both encourage em, your reach is quite short, considering how long winded your punk azz is!!

    -Sweetheart, a payment plan might not be unlikely in the sense that one may be available. However, KWAME SAID HE HAS NOT PAID DC BACK - meaning he hasn't enrolled in a payment plan, nor has he cut a check for the full amount. Can it get more cut and dry than that? Hopefully this response was short enough for you.

  105. #105

    NONISSUE

    Is that short enuff for you?

  106. #106

    @ noodlez --

    I wasn't trying to defend the Jewish business owners, I was trying to say they don't deserve sympathy as minority-owned businesses, because they're not.

  107. #107

    @ Mike,

    I'm not going back and forth with you on this issue, because you have fully illustrated the City Paper's partial and bias reporting that favors race-baiting over credibility.

    Your point about one Jewish guy being mentioned in the press release doesn't negate Councilman Wells' unethical backroom deals which he earmarked taxpayers' dollars to Entrepreneur Joe on H St NE, via a fake non-profit, and he subsequently used the taxpayers' dime--not his money--to help himself and a few of his friends' businesses on H St.

    As a said stated earlier, I live in the area and know several business owners and they are pissed with Wells and elated that the man has been put out to pasture.

    You can't piss up-stream on folk and expect no repercussions, and it's apparent because NOT one council member came to the man's defense, the vote was
    12-to-1, that Tommy must be shut-down!

  108. #108

    seDCdude, I'm glad you are ok with Kwame not taking responsibility. YOU were the one who suggested a payment plan, thus raising the issue.

    Want to put your money where your mouth is, buy some of Kwame's debt, and then try to collect? Maybe he and Che can give you a two for one deal - lord knows there is enough to go around.

  109. #109

    Ayy DJ ren

    chew on this, we, the taxpayers of this country, have had to and continue to pay on a debt set forth and cemented by the feds and GREEDY CORPORATIONS; a debt that now needs blessings from guess who, the TAXPAYERS and you wanna squawk about some got damn NAVIGATOR payments.....slim kiss my ass with burning hot drawz on!

    You racist clowns and uncle toms make me sick with this fake azz holier than thou stance that does absolutely nothing for the solution!!!

    This guy Mike, along with MOST of the reporters here on LL WCP are Lazy, Drunks, Biased and Flawed in their approach and style of seeking/reporting issues!

    Give me the meat and potatoes, keep your napkins and table dressings you dig!

    Its time for the real to be just that all the time!

    Real journalism
    Real investigation
    Real perspective
    Real solutions

    stop this crap shoot nit picking that does nothing for the root cause but further divides, MISCONCEIVES and hides FACT!

  110. #110

    @DJ Ren it was me who mentioned the payment plan. But everything that SEdcdude said was the truth.

    Question did you vote for Fenty? If you answer is yes because I'm sure it is then you voted for corruption and revenge tactics. How did you feel when those tax dollars were spent when Fenty went to the middle east for a tennis tournament? Opps I forgot those were private funds used. Yeah private funds that we never got a chance to see who provided them. So yeah that trip was supposed to build relations with the Middle East folks. Right? So what have they done for the District? Nothing. So I guess he used govt time on a luxury trip for him and is family. And you’re ok with that?

  111. #111

    @Really? - nice try.

    I voted for Marie Johns the first time around. Not a Fenty fan here, and I'm not sure what that has to do with Kwame Brown anyway, but thanks for playing.

    BTW, regarding "Middle Eastern folks" - you do know that the CityCenterDC development is being funded in large part by investors from Qatar, right? And Qatar is in the middle east, right? Development near the convention center helps the District, yes? Not saying that the decision was driven solely by Fenty's trips, but know your facts, Really. Really.

    Also last I checked, all mayors, this one included, get vacation time.

  112. #112

    GE Ren

    you lose your spin records SURNAME for a more befitting 1....spin doctor/cycle monicker!

    You are another fool added to the LOST ALL CREDIBILITY LIST around here...YOU, Drez and that punk azz Rake!!!

    hemmin' and hawin' about absolutely nothing cause you know nothing but what you FEEL!

  113. #113

    Dj Ren-tin-tin,

    Ummm were are talking about the last election were Marie wasn't running it was Vince and Fenty and Leo.

    So nice try at trying to go back to 2006-2007

    Nobody knew where Fenty was during that time so the the lux vaca dosen't pass the smell test. Again it end up being paid by unknow folks. I didn't see 300 post about who these people are.

    You can put your headphones back on now.

  114. #114

    @ DC Ren, you seem to forget that Fenty was MIA and, everybody was like, "where in the world is our Adrian".

    DC and the world learned of Mayor Fenty’s v-spot when the local and national news broke the story that Fenty and family were having a high-time a tennis match that banned a professional Jewish woman from playing.

    The media also disclosed that the United Arab Emirates paid $25K for his trip to Dubai.

    You don't recall this DC Ren? Oh, everyone was enraged that the mayor of the Nation Capital allowed a free-trip on a stick to cloud his judgment.

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